Orange Crush tennis doubles win a hard-fought battle

Photo By Barry Taglieber Jess Bauernschmidt return a serve during the Orange Crush Tournament

The Lady Aces have qualified for the Keystone State Games in Wilkes-Barre Aug. 4-8.

"We are a fairly strong team, but we are very young," said Lady Aces coach Dennis March. "We have five girls who are 14 playing 16 and under."

Three pitchers have led the cause. They are Kim March, 15; Maggie McGowan, 14; and Rachel Coccia, 15.

Kim March is considered a strikeout pitcher while McGowan and Coccia are mainly control pitchers who rely on their defense to make plays.

Other key players, both offensively and defensively, are shortstop Julie March, catcher Nicky Wilson and first baseman Thea Koons.

"We didn't really have high expectations for this year," Dennis March said. "We played U-14 last year and had an extremely good year. We moved up to U-16 and figured this was a learning year. We played pretty well. Qualifying for the Keystone Games is a pretty big honor."

Kimberton competed in the Cheltenham Chaos Tournament in Levittown in early June. The Lady Aces fought back through the loser's bracket to capture the title.

"We compete year-round, traveling up and down the East Coast," Dennis March said. "During the spring 2004 season we competed in several tournaments along with some of the best U-16 teams in the Philadelphia metro area."

The rest of the players are Karisa Yablon, Vicki Segal, Ginny Smith, Megan McCarthy, Dana Keller, Chelsea Kryder and Kim Zamojchin.

To help defray expenses, the organization is having a Basket Bingo fundraiser at Norco Fire Company, Route 724, Pottstown, July 23 at 7 p.m. Basket Bingo is like regular bingo, but instead of winning money, the prizes are Longaberger Baskets.

More than 150 tickets will be sold for the event. Local business owners are sponsoring prize baskets for this event. Advertising is also being sold in the program.

Tickets are $20 per person for 20 games of bingo. Prizes include new and retired products, and food will be sold.

Checks should be made payable to KYAL and donations sent to 54 Meadow Lane, Pottstown, Pa. 19465.

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